In 2012 Doll Art Museum had to leave its premises in Old Riga and reconsider its existence – the museum faced either closing or a new type of operation. When packing the exposition in boxes and suitcases for transportation, Ināra Liepa, artist and manager of the private museum had an idea of a travelling exposition and now these suitcases have become “homes” for the museum dolls and toys.

Suitcase homes are nicely illuminated and arranged with Liepu family love into 20 exposition units that reflect a significant part of Latvia’s childhood heritage. These are domestic scenes with antique dolls, toys, household items, games and other objects. It is important that the collection features not only items manufactured by world-famous doll factories (Armand Marseille, Bebe Bru, Kammer&Reinhardt, Margarete Steiff and others), but also wooded toys and dolls that are made in Latvia and appreciated abroad for a long time.

Thanks to the support of the Riga City Council, Riga 2014 Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Russia, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Estonia, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Germany, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Netherlands, the Veenkoloniaal Museum, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, the State Joint Stock Company “Latvian Railway”, as well as friends and colleagues, the exhibition is exhibited in Riga, House of Blackheads exhibition hall, the town hall, the National Library of Estonia in Tallinn, in Moscow State Puppet Theatre in the framework of the Days of Riga in Moscow, in the Pushkin Museum division Turgenev Museum, in “Antique & Art Pronstorf” art gallery in Pronstorf, Germany within the framework of the Schleswig-Holstein Classical Music Festival, in the Veenkoloniaal Museum within the framework of the Latvian Culture Days in the Netherlands and in Veendam city town hall from the year 2012 till 2014.The total number of exhibition visitors has already exceeded 15000 people!

The exposition has received many compliments about its content and the extraordinary design during its trip across Europe. It is a well-deserved reward about our mutual contribution and it allows everyone to return to their childhood memories at least for a moment and to study a part of the state’s cultural heritage.


Ināra Liepa